Tuesday , Jan , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Idaho State coach to step down after season

Pocatello, ID (Sports Network) – Idaho State men’s basketball coach Doug
Oliver announced Tuesday that he will step down from his post at the end of
the season.

Oliver has been the head coach of the Bengals (7-8, 0-4 Big Sky) since 1998.
The Bengals have lost six straight, including four of the last five in the
final 10 seconds.

“It’s time for a new voice for this program, for a new direction, a new
teaching of the game,” Oliver said. “There’s a lot of things philosophically
I’ve come to grips with, but the hardest thing was talking to Jay McMillin and
Louis Wilson (the two assistant coaches) because my decision affects their

Oliver is fifth in career wins at Idaho State with 82. His current overall
record is 82-128.

“After 32 years of coaching at all levels, there’s a time that you just feel
it,” Oliver said. “I don’t know if I’m done coaching. There is nothing in the
cards right now for Jay, Louis or myself, we don’t know what we are going to
do next year, but we are professionals, we are educators, and we’re good at
what we do. The one thing it hasn’t done is translate into enough wins.”